A Guide for beginners by Revd Andy Walker

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is, basically, a game of hide and seek played across the world.

Hidden around the world, there are just over 2.2 million caches. Some are the size of a large oil drum, others the size of a screw head and everything in between. Posted on the internet are the GPS co-ordinates for each of these caches. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find these caches.


What do I need? 

You only need two things to go Geocaching: an account with - which is free to sign up to - and some form of SatNav. If you have a smartphone, you can download an app for your phone, which, when connected to the internet, will tell you about nearby caches.

What do I do? 

Firstly, log on to, and have a look for a nearby cache that you wish to find.  Then put the co-ordinates into any GPS device. If you're using an app on your phone, this will probably be done for you. Then, read the descriptions and head out, following the directions on the GPS, to find the cache. 

Once you get within 10-15m, you'll need to use your eyes. Caches can be located anywhere, Look high and low, on things and under things. You could be looking for anything. Also, try not to be 'caught' looking for it! Non-Geocaches are sometime referred to as 'muggles'.

I suggest that, for the first few caches anyway, you search for some of the easier ones.

I've found it! Now what?

Congratulations! Within the cache, you'll find a log book for you to sign. Some caches have a pencil inside for the purpose, for others you'll need to take your own. Once you've signed the log book, you need to put the cache back. It is important that you put the cache back exactly as you found it, so the next person can enjoy the hunt just as you did. You'll also need to log your find on when you get home.

Hang on. There are some other bits in here

Well spotted. Some caches contain swaps. These are small items that you can take away with you. However, the rules of Geocaching state that if you take something, you must leave behind something of greater or equal value for the next person. 

You may also find a 'trackable'. These are items with a Geocache code on. More experienced Geocachers take these and deposit them in another cache. If you find one of these, you'll need to log it on It'll tell you where it started and where its trying to get to. You'll need to leave it in another cache, and log that too. 

Going on holiday?

Great! Why not log on to and see if there are any cache near where you are going? You never know what you might find whilst looking for it.

Want to know more?

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